Laura E. Huggins

Biography: 

Laura E. Huggins was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Huggins specializes in free market environmentalism, property rights, and population policy. She is primarily interested in the role of economic processes in shaping natural resource policy and in promoting market principles to a wide audience to help resolve environmental dilemmas.

Huggins is the author, along with Hoover Institution senior fellow Terry Anderson, of Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity (2003) and Greener Than Thou: Are You Really an Environmentalist? (2008). She also edited Accounting for Mother Nature (2008), Population Puzzle: Boom or Bust? (2004), and Drug War Deadlock: The Policy Battle Continues (2005). She is currently focusing on a forthcoming monograph tentatively titled Environmental Entrepreneurship in the Developing World.

Huggins’s articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Times; her published papers include "A Property Rights Path to Sustainable Development," which appeared in The Legacy of Milton and Rose Friedman's Free to Choose: Economic Liberalism at the Turn of the 21st Century.

Huggins holds an MS degree in public policy from Utah State University.

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Same Old Song and Dance Over CA Parks

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Percolator (PERC)
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rather than simply closing parks, bureaucrats in Sacramento should step aside and let creative entrepreneurs and private companies do what they do best—produce products (e.g. parks) that people want...

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Don’t be EMO on Earth Day

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Daily Caller (DC)
Friday, April 22, 2011

Although [a green EMO's] campaign generates feel-good actions, the actions are not always connected to positive environmental outcomes...

Don’t be EMO on Earth Day

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, April 22, 2011

Today, thousands of well-intentioned people will take part in Earth Day and many will be inspired to join a green EMO. I’m not talking about the disgruntled “emo” subculture that wears black clothing.

Please Print this Post for Earth Day

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I am being bombarded with emails this week about ways to avoid insulting Mother Nature on Earth Day.

Analysis and Commentary

Please Print this Post for Earth Day

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

...[Be] leery of green action items. Although this type of campaign generates feel good actions, the action is not always connected to long-term positive environmental outcomes—meaning you might get a spanking from Mother Nature...

Declaring Food Sovereignty

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sedgwick, Maine, is the first town in the United States to pass a food sovereignty ordinance. The town officially declared their right to produce and sell local foods of their choosing, without the oversight of state or federal regulation…

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Same Old Same Old for the Great Outdoors

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yesterday, President Obama released a new report on America’s Great Outdoors initiative—yet another White House proposal to expand the size and scope of government...

Same Old Same Old for the Great Outdoors

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yesterday, President Obama released a new report on America’s Great Outdoors initiative—yet another White House proposal to expand the size and scope of government.

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